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LIVRE | Alain Laboile, En attendant le facteur

LIVRE | Alain Laboile, En attendant le facteur | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Alain Laboile est un photographe autodidacte qui a immortalisé les aventures de ses 6 enfants dans la campagne des alentours de Bordeaux.
Il est assez rare d’ouvrir un livre et de s’extasier à chaque page.
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Black and white photography, cats and kids. It seems like the road to clicheland, but Alain Laboile manages to avoid all those traps. These few images available raised my enthusiasm to read the book.

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Duane Michals: Looking Back, Moving Forward

Duane Michals: Looking Back, Moving Forward | Photography Now | Scoop.it
A major retrospective of the ever-prolific Duane Michals opens this weekend in Pittsburgh, the city that is his spiritual home.
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 "Spirit lingers in the heart. Spirit is never cool. You can’t explain it. It’s what you love."

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The Rising Stars of Fashion Photography

The Rising Stars of Fashion Photography | Photography Now | Scoop.it

If the keys to success are authenticity and 
having something to say, these three rising fashion photographers set the bar. While each is stylistically distinct, they are all creating fresh work that exem-plifies emerging trends in today’s fashion world.

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It's interesting to hear "authenticity" and "fashion" on the same sentence.  Authenticity can exist from the part of all those In the sense that all the people envolved are doing their best to come up with photos that create a good piece of fiction, but that's it, it's fiction.

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10 of the Most Collectable Photo Books of All Time

10 of the Most Collectable Photo Books of All Time | Photography Now | Scoop.it
Online book marketplace AbeBooks — probably the first link you’ll see if you try to search for a rare, signed or early edition of your favorite novel or photo book — has a list of the 10 most collectable photography books of all time.
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The  PhotoBook as a a "collectible propriety", as a prized possession, something we should only trade when it's value is much higher than what we paid for it. And if you show it, or read it from time to time, it's value will decrease with the use. Some books should be reedited even, i it was in electronic format, that way we could see them, and be inspired by it.

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Magnum Contact Sheets: 139 Contact Sheets by 69 Photographers

Magnum Contact Sheets: 139 Contact Sheets by 69 Photographers | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Luise, who lives in Germany, loves Raymond Depardon’s contact sheets of the Berlin Wall.

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Luise Heiderhoff: "It’s interesting to see the process of drawing up a shortlist, and making the final pick and then to compare the procedure of the different photographers.

But what I especially like is to look at the contact sheet and think about which photo I would have chosen or to see what else has happened during the shoot or the event."


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Frances Farmer by Brigitte and Hans-Jurgern Tast

Frances Farmer by Brigitte and Hans-Jurgern Tast | Photography Now | Scoop.it
In this season of books there are a lot of ‘best’ photobook lists but where are the ‘worst of’ lists? I came across this crazy little gem at a free book exchange here in Kalk, Koeln.
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‘Fifty Shrinks': A Fascinating Look Inside the Offices of Dozens of NYC Therapists

‘Fifty Shrinks': A Fascinating Look Inside the Offices of Dozens of NYC Therapists | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For Fifty Shrinks, New York City-based photographer and psychiatrist Sebastian Zimmermann shot dozens of therapists and psychoanalysts standing or seated within their private offices. The seedling ideas for the project began to take root as Zimmermann built his own practice in Upper West Side Manhattan, where he observed within himself a sense of remoteness from the outside world. While his patients shared with him intimate portions of themselves, the role of psychiatrist necessitated a detached and discrete existence.

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“…When I realized I was visibly pregnant, I faced several dilemmas. The first decision was figuring out whether to tell my patients and if so, when. I was starting to show and I felt that my baby was already in the room. Not to volunteer the information to my patients felt like a denial of what was already happening. I didn’t feel comfortable with that. So I decided to tell them despite the code of non-disclosure that therapists normally abide…” — Dayna Kurtz, LCSW

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Sarah Moon Planche(s) Contact 2014

Sarah Moon  Planche(s) Contact 2014 | Photography Now | Scoop.it

In Deauville, Sarah Moon photographed the beach in winter, her series is titled intitulée Deauville facing the sea, when the city is asleep, numbed by the cold and the storm.

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"Light has changed the next morning – no one on the beach – a tiny horse in the distance. I gaze at the horizon – I photograph the lines – everything is far. I photograph absence, gap, time suspended, reflections of clouds on the windowpanes of the Ciro’s, closed."

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Photographic Dream

Photographic Dream | Photography Now | Scoop.it
“When you take a photograph with thought behind it you are saying that whatever it is you see unfolding at that moment is worth framing, and whatever feeling that scene ignites is something that needs to be shared.
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"I never really thought I would be a photographer or even work in the arts. The first time I took a photo on a 35mm camera I was 21 years old. The process of slowing down and framing life was something that attracted me instantly."

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Instagram: We have to stop by Pauline Auzou

Instagram: We have to stop by Pauline Auzou | Photography Now | Scoop.it

You’re sitting in a restaurant, waiting for your friend to show up. You pull out your smartphone. You’re feeling awkward at a party. You pull out your smartphone. You’re on the subway, headed to work. You pull out your smartphone. Matthew Daniel Siskin, the founder of the studio designedmemory, has created an Instagram account: @WE_HAVE_TO_STOP.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Siskin develops websites and digital marketing strategies. He isn’t some reactionary complaining about how, “it was better before.” What he’s criticizing isn’t the tool itself, which improves our lives in many ways, but the ungodly amount of time we spend using it."

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The icons of photojournalism: visual narration that cannot be admitted

The icons of photojournalism: visual narration that cannot be admitted | Photography Now | Scoop.it
«Sacred images for a secular society1», icons of photojournalism, according to the communication researchers Robert Hariman and John Louis Lucaites, are emblems that impose themselves on the spirit of the time of their own accord.
Mario Pires's insight:

"Journalistic mythology describes as a neutral and objective presentation what is fundamentally an exercise in qualifying information. Like the choice of a title or introductory paragraph, iconography plays a crucial part in this job of steering interpretation. But visual forms entail a greater margin of ambiguity than linguistic utterances."

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Photo du Jour: Dandelion Seeds

Photo du Jour: Dandelion Seeds | Photography Now | Scoop.it
For Let Me Fly, Berlin-based photographer David Catá shrouds his model in a veil of dandelion seeds, allowing the remnants of the expired flower to cradle her face like delicate, ghostly hands.
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A Tale of Two Books: Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert in Haiti

A Tale of Two Books: Paolo Woods and Arnaud Robert in Haiti | Photography Now | Scoop.it
One of the mostly unacknowledged problems of contemporary photography is that most of its – tangible – products are luxury objects.
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I highly recommend that you read this article. It show us ways photographers can involve the communities that made it's books possible.

 "it won’t hurt for many photographers to look beyond their own navels, beyond the world of galleries, photography or photobook fairs, or dedicated photobook shops to get their message out."

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Sasha Saltanova : l’univers dans les pages d’un livre

Sasha Saltanova : l’univers dans les pages d’un livre | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Avec sa série Secrets of the Universe, la jeune artiste russe Sasha Saltanova nous livre sa lecture du cosmos. En photographiant un vieux manuel scolaire d’astrologie, elle explore l’univers lors d’un voyage intime et poétique.

Mario Pires's insight:

"L’écart entre l’image originelle et sa mise en scène photographique devient alors le lieu de la réflexion et surtout, le lieu de la poésie."

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Neal Slavin: Why I Photograph Groups

Neal Slavin: Why I Photograph Groups | Photography Now | Scoop.it

Troupes, clubs, societies and organizations. My work examines people’s public persona as opposed to their private nature. I am interested in the connection between the individual and the crowd.

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"I am a photographer who is sociologically and relentlessly concerned about the nature of mankind’s need to join in or remain outside the crowd. I believe these are the two issues that define humankind’s existence."

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My Russian Spam Beauties - Dan Hayon

My Russian Spam Beauties - Dan Hayon | Photography Now | Scoop.it

For My Russian Spam Beauties, Paris-based photographer Dan Hayon repurposes the dozens of junk emails that continue flood his inbox after years of persistent spamming. All of the messages adhere to a precise format, including both a beseeching memo addressed from a faraway young woman and a photograph of said woman. My Russian Spam Beauties, now compiled as a book, features one underexposed, come-hither portrait after the next as paired with its original text, its broken English preserved and unaltered.

Mario Pires's insight:

"Many of the images forwarded to Hayon were of the same size and aesthetic, lending themselves perfectly to the casual and imperfect focus that characterizes many polaroid images. In order to create the illusion of polaroids, he cropped the original images, altered their contrast, and added borders. In addition to imbuing each frame with a quality of immediacy and disposability, the polaroid aesthetic also allows the women to become minor objects of sentiment, like absurd snapshots secreted away and quickly forgotten."

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On those Viral Photos of African Migrants atop the Melilla Golf Course Fence

On those Viral Photos of African Migrants atop the Melilla Golf Course Fence | Photography Now | Scoop.it

If you follow the news stream, chances are that you saw this picture last week. By definition, enclaves like the one in Melilla, Spain keep the haves in and the have-nots out – including out of the background.

Mario Pires's insight:

"......the fact that the golfer is aware of the interlopers makes all the difference in the world. Yes, the photos went viral because they show two worlds colliding. The first photo is that much more powerful though for the deniability we imagine shattering inside the golfer’s head."

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Strategies of Seeing: An Interview with John MacLean

Strategies of Seeing: An Interview with John MacLean | Photography Now | Scoop.it

In beginning to consider how we see and encounter the world around us, the complexities involved quickly start to appear nearly insurmountable. After all, the absolute centrality of visual experience to our lives (and what might loosely be called western culture) would seem to obscure the possibility of a truly critical perspective.

Mario Pires's insight:

"At the moment I feel that, instead of starting a project by deciding on a particular idea, and then taking photographs, it is more useful to start by taking photographs and letting photography lead the way. I’m all for playing to photography’s strengths: encouraging it to do what it does best. "

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Follow the Everyday Lives of Artists in Kabul

Follow the Everyday Lives of Artists in Kabul | Photography Now | Scoop.it
When photographer Lorenzo Tugnoli and writer Francesca Recchia, started making The Little Book of Kabul – a crowd-funded work chronicling the lives of artists in the Afghan capital — they weren’t sure what they wanted it to look like.
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It wasn’t a matter of interviewing someone or taking a picture and then leaving, it’s really quite an intimate perspective on people’s lives.

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The Art of the Personal Project: Grace Chon

The Art of the Personal Project: Grace Chon | Photography Now | Scoop.it
As a former Art Producer, I have always been drawn to personal projects because they are the sole vision of the photographer and not an extension of an art director, photo editor, or graphic designer.
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"My usual work is portraiture or very lifestyle and shot in environment, so shooting this series has been really refreshing for me. I love that the Zoey and Jasper series looks vastly different than what I usually do and I love the simplicity and minimalism of it. But it still retains elements of what I always do – there’s a lot o color, and they are emotive portraits. I love capturing all the different smiles Jasper can make, and while Zoey looks the same in almost every shot there are small subtleties there that I love getting from her."

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The Shooting at the Canadian National War Memorial: What’s Going to Last

The Shooting at the Canadian National War Memorial: What’s Going to Last | Photography Now | Scoop.it
With all the fear emanating from yesterday’s shooting spree at the Canadian Parliament and the grief for the corporal killed at Ottawa’s National War Memorial, the last thing most people are thinking about right now is the nature of monuments,...
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"How strange, though, that the grey-and-blue protective vest and the automatic weapons seem to cascade off the platform of the tomb in continuance of the metal helmet, the sword and the branches that Cirillo must have known so well."

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We Recomend: Anna Katharina Zeitler

We Recomend: Anna Katharina Zeitler | Photography Now | Scoop.it

A few days ago we were at the Pingyao International Photography Festival where we ran into the magnificent work of Anna Katharina Zeitler. We leave you with a sample of her series “No shoes to dance with”. Enjoy!

Mario Pires's insight:

"Her images explore how life is inside the theatre and the regimen dancers are exposed to in order to achieve high levels of requirements that the profession deserves. Selflessness and devotion are compensated with applause after a performance in the auditorium."

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How 12 Exhibitions, Two Museums and One Gallery Changed Photography Forever

How 12 Exhibitions, Two Museums and One Gallery Changed Photography Forever | Photography Now | Scoop.it
The history of photography is often explored via moments, movements, and individual practitioners. Strangely, these watershed events are typically removed from the vehicle which allowed them to be experienced by a wider audience: the exhibition.
Mario Pires's insight:

"In the book, Photo Show, published by Contrasto, editor Alessandra Mauro has identified a series of landmark exhibitions that, she says, shaped not only the history of photography, but its evolution as a distinct art form and modern means of communication."

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Death of René Burri 1933 - 2014

Death of René Burri 1933 - 2014 | Photography Now | Scoop.it
I met René Burri in Vevey, Switzerland, on the sunny terrace of a lakeside hotel. He told me, in the space of a few minutes, several stories about the good life, as his eyes sparkled and his cigar moved gracefully through the air.
Mario Pires's insight:

"With his irresistible verve, he started a tradition at Magnum, which he joined in 1955: every year at the General Meeting, Burri turned into a flamboyant ringleader, cheerfully directing the photographers to pose for a wacky group photo that everyone would remember. These family portraits alone reflect his importance at the agency, spreading his aura beyond his incredible photographs."

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Bernard Rentier's curator insight, October 23, 3:24 AM

Un tout grand de la photo...

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A Realist Imagination (or is it An Imaginary Realism?)

A Realist Imagination (or is it An Imaginary Realism?) | Photography Now | Scoop.it
By some persistent, traditional accounts photographic representation is driven by a technological determinism that derives its power from the mechanical capture and reproduction of an event.
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"The point here is that photographs –whether analogue or digital—operate in the interspace between reality and imagination. The camera records the surface of the world like no other instrument, but the truth of what is shown can be realized only through an act of imagination."

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Art Producers Speak: Chris Simpson

Art Producers Speak: Chris Simpson | Photography Now | Scoop.it
We emailed Art Buyers and Art Producers around the world asking them to submit names of established photographers who were keeping it fresh and up-and-comers who they are keeping their eye on.
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"I truly enjoy the collaborative process of working with a team of creative folks and clients. Usually clients are excited to work with me because they love my work and trust me. I like working with other people and I’m comfortable articulating my vision to people that may not see what I’m seeing. Developing this trust is important and ultimately leads to the best end result."

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